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From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria's brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey.

Dear Washington: Kick Out This Iranian Militant Cult

Holly Dagres | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Holly Dagres

There is no chance the MEK could win over the Iranian people if a potential regime change took place--something various legislators in the United States need to recognize. It's time the MEK's blind proponents see them for what they really are: a sham.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

John Kerry: Iran Fighting Islamic State Is 'Positive'

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. would be happy to have Iran's help in fighting the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday in response to t...

Will Russia's Eastern Game Plan Work?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia's projected growth of the economy in 2015 will not surpass 1% by even the most optimistic projections. What does Russian leadership do to mend this sinking boat?

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Iran Bombing Islamic State In Iraq, U.S. Official Confirms

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The list of countries bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq has thus far featured a host of classic United States partners -- Canada, th...

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

The Arab and Iranian Disconnect

James Zogby | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
James Zogby

Arabs should be reassured that their concerns are understood by the West. At the same time, the Iranian public needs to see the linkage between their economic woes and their government's nuclear ambitions and foreign policy.

Iran Mourns Lost Youth in Thousands

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Tara Kangarlou

For the first time in nearly three decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian people and the government were in unison to mourn a pop singer's death -- a 30-year-old singer and songwriter who died after a year-long battle with stomach cancer last Friday.

Activists Expand Labor and Human Rights Campaign Beyond Qatar to Include All Gulf States

James Dorsey | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Republic of Iran would like to make one thing clear: We've got this. Up until June 10, Iranian officials had been content...

Iran: Obama's Moment of Truth

Michael Brenner | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Michael Brenner

The nuclear negotiations with Iran are in their eleventh hour. By Monday we'll know whether a resolution has been reached or a new crisis of the first order added to the conflagrations in the Middle East -- indeed, one that will exacerbate all the others. Even an understanding that lays out a few principles while extending the deadline would be a dangerous outcome. The technical issues are complicated. But they are not in themselves the main obstacles to be overcome. Let's get down to brass tacks. The starbursts of commentary on centrifuge numbers and Iran's retention of low-enriched uranium (LEU), albeit under international inspection, should not be allowed to conceal the underlying reality: If Washington and Tehran want a nuclear deal, it is there for the taking. While the responsibility is shared, the crucial decision rests with the White House. This is not the way that President Obama and his advisers see it, though.

The Afghan Precedent: Why Iran Will Cooperate with the US Against the Islamic State

Delphine O | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Delphine O

Washington's natural ally in the war against the Islamic State may well be the one country that it has been fighting for the past 35 years: Iran.

Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women's Sporting Rights

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men's world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending matches.

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (2/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Elham Manea

The absence of real reformation has paved the ground for the re-Islamisation process and the rise of political Islam, and from its womb ISIS.

Reshaping the Middle East: UAE Leads the Counter-revolution

James Dorsey | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The counter-revolutionary Gulf strategy has opened a window on potential differences not only between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other but also within the conservative counter-revolutionary camp itself.

Women's Sporting Rights Put Saudi Arabia and Iran on the Defensive

James Dorsey | Posted 12.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

The struggle for women's rights to engage in sports and attend sporting events has commanded increased attention due to recent events.

Killing Him Softly With Torture: When a Clergyman Stands for Freedom of Expression

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

For the past eight years the Iranian regime has been trying to punish a religious leader, Ayatollah Kazemani Boroujerdi, for the crime of expressing "anti-government views." Boroujerdi is a senior member of the Shia clergy and an advocate for separation of religion and state.

Remembering Atefah

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Ali Ahmadi

It's important to not forget how fortunate some of us are. It's equally important to not forget what happened to Atefah and what's happening to a multitude of children in Iran. If we forget, we declare our complacency with the human rights situation in Iran.

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

Everybody Has an Opinion v.2.0

Michelle Kraus | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

President Barack Obama is a deliberate man, and he will act decisively when the time is right. His words were steel from Europe on the execution of Steven Sotloff: "We will not forget. Our reach is long. Justice will be served." So buckle in for the long ride folks.

Iran May Have Had a Nuclear Weapons Program. That Doesn't Mean We Can't Make a Deal.

John Allen Gay | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
John Allen Gay

We must resist the temptation to conflate technical and legalistic questions with the political and strategic questions that are the true stakes in this decade-long crisis. Succumbing to a very similar temptation about Iraq's WMD programs helped draw us into war there.

Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

Jon Soltz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As an Iraq war veteran who served two tours, at the beginning and end, I can tell you that I understand the alternatives. They scare the living hell out of me.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forging Ties on Quicksand

James Dorsey | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

As states, Saudi Arabia and Israel share few, if any common values, despite some cultural values that are common to Wahhabism, the austere form of Islam adopted by the kingdom, and ultra-orthodox Jews. But they increasingly have common interests.

Middle East Fights Propaganda Wars on World Cup Sidelines

James Dorsey | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
James Dorsey

This year's World Cup is not just about soccer -- at least not as far as the Middle East and North Africa is concerned.

The Islamic Republic of Iran's Flavored Condoms, Free Vasectomies, and Gender Reassignment Surgery

Shermin Kruse | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

When the Islamic Republic first took control of Iran from the Shah, the new regime decided population growth would be greatly in its advantage. After all, it was faced with a bloody war with neighboring Iraq.